Portland Helmich is a professional TV host, producer, writer, and VO talent who covers many beats but is most dedicated to increasing the public's awareness of natural and alternative forms of healing and the way they can not only address illness but enhance well-being, as well. She's the creator, host, and showrunner/executive producer of What's the Alternative?, a 52-episode national talk show about healing and wellness on the DISH Network and Verizon FiOS. She's investigated alternative healing methods for HealthWeek and Healing Quest on PBS, for the ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV, for New Morning on the Hallmark Channel, and for Oxygen, where she was an alternative medicine correspondent. She's also done health reporting for The American Consumer on PBS and has appeared on WGBH's Greater Boston as an alternative medicine contributor. She's written for Body & Soul and Alternative Medicine magazines and is the creator, host, and producer of Kripalu Perspectives, a series of podcast interviews with leaders in the natural health world who teach at the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She writes for Kripalu's blog, Thrive, is the host and producer of a wellness radio show called Higher Ground on K4HD.com and of a YouTube series called Headlines, Health & Healing.
Health and wellness are not her only focus, however. Portland's voice has been heard on WGBH Radio, where she read the news during NPR programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Marketplace. She's hosted segments on a Comcast home improvement series and hosted Nitebeat, a live evening Comcast Network talk show covering all topics. She hosted a job recruitment series on New England Cable News and a magazine travel show that aired on Discovery Home & Leisure. As a producer and writer, Portland has worked on programs airing Animal Planet, the Sundance Channel, PBS, Lifetime Real Women, the Hallmark Channel, the Travel Channel, the History Channel, Destination America, Oxygen, Veria Living TV, Wisdom Television, WCVB-TV, New England Cable News, and more. She's done corporate producing for health-oriented companies like Edwards Lifesciences. And as a media coach, she's enhanced the public speaking skills of authors and various professionals preparing for television interviews and public presentations.
Portland began her career as an actress, studying at Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School at New York University. She's performed on stage, in commercials, films, corporate videos, and on the HBO series, The Newsroom, as well as on soap operas like All My Children. She holds a BFA in Acting from New York University and an MA from St. Michael's College in Vermont. To contact Portland Helmich, please click here.